11 Jun 2019

From the Principal

Ashleigh Barty, Bernard Tomic and the mystery of destiny

At the breakfast table this morning I reflected on the wonderful news of Ash Barty’s debut Grand Slam win at the French Open tennis and her rise to now number 2 woman in the world rankings! Despite having risen from a lowly ranking in the mid-600’s three years ago, she is anything but an overnight success and while clearly a prodigious talent, having won Junior Wimbledon as a 15-year-old, that’s not what I believe sets her apart.

In what some players would see as a burden, Barty has taken up the torch of leading Australian womens’ (and mens’) tennis leadership from Samantha Stosur and is exercising it in a way that harks back to restrained and humble past Australian players of both genders. She has a voracious work ethic and competitive spirit, is calm and thoughtful, possessed of great humility and has an extraordinary capacity (for an elite athlete in a solo sport) to think of, and do for, others. She is also firmly grounded. The stories of her regular meetings with her first ever coach for a steak dinner at the Breakfast Creek Hotel every time she is back in Queensland are legend, and as an indigenous woman, she is also making significant personal commitments to the progress of her people in Australia.

Her disposition could hardly be a starker contrast to another Queenslander, Bernard Tomic. I acknowledge the media will often amplify any good story, but Bernard and his father John have given them many. I also know nothing of Bernard’s personal circumstances and it seems likely to me that there have been forces that have shaped him over which he had no control. However, it’s clear he does not enjoy doing something for which he too is prodigiously talented; in fact he is clearly disengaged with his tennis and, it seems, disinterested in his life beyond bright and shiny possessions – a saddening situation.

What might have driven the difference between the two Queenslanders? It seems to me that this is likely built on responses to, and foundations established during, difficult periods. Like Tomic, Barty also fell out of love with tennis for a time. As her former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua wrote in The Age, she continued to work hard and made three Grand Slam doubles finals during this time but was clearly not enjoying it. Barty’s decision was to turn away from the money, the privilege and the certainty of what she was very good at, to take a break and take up something she had never done before – cricket. While clearly at a low point in her life, she took a measured risk and re-discovered herself. I can imagine this must have concerned her parents, her coach and her friends, but nonetheless, she did it.

It seems that Tomic has not felt this is an option open to him and he remains rooted in the same place, doing the same thing, making the same decisions and feeling the same about his tennis gift. Whatever pressures are driving him to remain where he is, they are not leading him to live a fulfilling life.

History shows Barty only stepped out of tennis for a year or so, and her cricket was ultimately very successful. But I suspect that through the lows of the end of her first period as a tennis pro, and the difficulty, challenge and adventure of moving into the unknown, she re-discovered what was important to her. As Casey Dellacqua also wrote, she surrounds herself with kind, thoughtful and grounded people (and listens to them). Ash Barty’s story is one of hope and optimism as well as one of impressive personal qualities. It now seems to also be one of enjoyment and a pathway to the fulfilment we all seek in our lives.


Music Matters

House Singing goes off a treat!

Our annual House Singing Competition was held on Monday 27 May. This is a compulsory event involving all the Years 7-12 students singing a set song that is compulsory for all competing Houses. This year the chosen song was ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire. In addition, a free choice song also was selected by the House Captains. This year the free choice song had to be from the 1980s era. There was tremendous enthusiasm shown by the contestants and the audience throughout the performances, as each House tried to impress the adjudicators. The first House to perform was Gordon-Grant with their choice song ‘You’re the Voice’. Next up was Somner-Stewart with the choice song ‘I’m Still Standing’. After Somner-Stewart we heard Butterss-Cross with ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody’. Dann-Watt performed ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and finally, Mansfield-Mckie performed ‘Uptown Girl’. While the adjudicators decided on which House was to be the winner of this event, everyone enjoyed some karaoke which got everyone on their feet and going crazy. This helped to ease the stress while we waited for the judges to make their final decisions. The winning House was Mansfield-Mckie, who have not won the House Choral Competition since 2001! Congratulations to all of the House Captains and their helpers. The quality of the performances was outstanding and the whole event was really enjoyable.

by Nicole Whyte, Instrumental Music Captain 2019

Olivet Performance

On 4 June, six students, namely Sienna Dass, Olivia Dowling, Chloe Hong, Millie Jensen, Helen Yang and myself, had the opportunity to perform at Olivet Aged Care Home in Ringwood. We entertained the residents of the home with solo pieces, ranging from classical to jazz works.

It was a privilege to share our love for music with these senior citizens, along with the reward of seeing the smiles on their faces. After the performance, we were treated to a scrumptious morning tea prepared by the staff at Olivet. We thank Olivet for the opportunity to perform and also Ms McKenzie for accompanying us at the piano. Well done to all performers!

by Isaac Hong, Middle School Performing Arts Captain 2019

Speech and Drama Performance

A wonderful array of entertaining Speech and Drama performances was shared with family and friends at the annual Speech and Drama Concert in the Theatre last Thursday 6 June. Students from Years 4 – 9 recited poems and excerpts from play scripts, complete with projected backdrops and colourful props and costumery. There was passion, dancing, some slightly gross references to nose blowing and a very humorous rendition by Tim Yu (Year 8) of the grandma character from Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’.

Mr McManus, in thanking the students at the conclusion of the event, referred to the courage and resilience it takes to put oneself ‘out there’ and perform on stage and to overcome the nerves and the occasional stumble, if words are forgotten momentarily. Mr McManus was most struck by the sense of enjoyment on display throughout all of the performances. This is attributable, in large part, to the work of our wonderful Speech and Drama teacher, Ms Clarke, who helps our students to explore and develop their public speaking and dramatic interpretation skills in both individual and group lessons each week. If you have a child who might benefit from such skill development, please contact Mrs Feenane in the Music Department on 9845 7837 for further information about Speech and Drama lessons.

IB Music Recital 2019 – Wednesday 19 June, 7.30pm

Join us for a wonderful evening of music from our talented IB students.


Sport Matters



Brilliant start to Mitchell’s CX National series

Congratulations to Mitchell Snowball in Year 10 who won both his Under 19s events at the CX National series season openers in Adelaide recently. This is a brilliant start to Mitch’s season and we wish him all the best for his upcoming races.


Community Matters

Speagle Centre Opening – Thursday 30 May 2019

The wet weather didn’t dampen our spirits as we celebrated the official opening of The Speagle Science Centre last week. Approximately 80 members of our School community including donors, Board members, contractors and current and past families joined Principal Brad Fry, the building’s namesake Henry Speagle and Head of Science Lanna Derry, to officially cut the ribbon for the re-imagined centre.

Henry was joined by his whole family including wife Jean, son and daughter in law Donald and Angela, and their two sons Harry and Wilfred. The occasion also celebrated the donation of funds from both the 2017 and 2019 Giant Fairs towards the solar panels and the soon to be erected wind generator.

Avenue of Excellence 2019 – Save the Date

Who will be inducted this year? Our 2019 inductees have been selected and will be announced soon! Be sure to save the date, Saturday 3 August, and gather your friends and family to join us as we induct this year’s Alumni to the Tintern Grammar Avenue of Excellence.

Friends of Young Farmers Annual Dinner

An incredible group of parents, students, staff and friends attended the Annual Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) Dinner on Friday 31 May 2019.

Organised by the FOYF Committee, it was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy a delicious meal and learn more about upcoming events, including the Spring Celebration and Bendigo Show.

Thank you to everyone who attended the dinner at the Croydon Hotel.

Spring Celebration – Save the Date

Save the date for the Annual Spring Celebration at the Farm.

Our Friends of Young Farmers Committee (FOYF) warmly invite you to the Tintern Farm on Friday 6 September from 3.30pm – 7pm.

Come along and see our lambs, enjoy a complimentary sausage sizzle and toast a marshmallow on the bonfire.

Our Young Farmers will be on hand to give you a tour of the farm, there will be raffles and farm snacks to purchase and support our FOYF group.

This event is free and open to everyone, but please remember to book your interest to help us cater on the day.

Register your interest at trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BDIOV

Invitation for new members to join the Friends of Music
Meeting Wednesday 12 June at 7pm in the CM Wood Common Room

The Tintern Grammar Friends of Music (FOM) would like to invite interested parents and friends to consider joining us. We are a group of parents and staff who support the teaching and performing of music throughout all year levels of the school. FOM meets two to three times each term on Wednesday evenings to plan events and discuss potential projects to assist within the school. If you would like to join our friendly committee, or come along to a meeting to see what we’re all about, please contact on FOM@tintern.vic.edu.au, or call Di Lacey in the Community Relations Office on 9845 7877.

Want to join the Tintern Footy Tipping Competition?

It isn’t too late to join in the Tintern Grammar Footy Tipping Competition. For those interested in joining the 2019 competition, details are below:

You will then have to log into your own account or create one. When setting up your account, you might like to check the reminder email box so you don’t forget!

The competition is free and open to our entire adult (18+ @ 21/3/2019) Tintern community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter. If you have, any questions please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and we’ll help you get started.

Cash Prizes awarded:

  • 1st prize $250
  • 2nd prize $120
  • 3rd prize $60
  • 4th Prize $40
  • 5th prize $20

Good luck and start tipping!!


Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the Association will be held at Tintern Grammar (90 Alexandra Road Ringwood East) on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 2pm in the Southwood Centre.

Please select here to read more.

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 13 June 2019 Kennedy Cottage President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 12 June 2019 CM Wood Common Room President: Debra Fryer
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 17 June 2019 Kennedy Cottage President: Meaghan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: TBC Kennedy Cottage President: Vacant Vice President: Karen Trevorrow

Upcoming Reunions:

  • Past Staff Reunion: Saturday 15 June 2019 at Tintern Grammar 3.30pm to 6.30pm followed by dinner at Bucatini
  • Reunion Festival: Saturday 15 June 2019 at Tintern Grammar 3.30pm to 6.30pm:

Community Group Fundraising

Tintern Towels

Tea Towels – Order Yours Now

Creating Lasting Memories!
Our limited edition tea towel design will be made up of self-portraits drawn by all our children and staff. There are 3 separate designs by our junior girls, boys and ELC.
The pictures and names are arranged as a commemorative design and screen printed onto premium 100% white cotton tea towels.

Don’t forget to order a few extras for family members and your keepsake box. $15 each, or save by ordering 3 for $40.

To order this treasured keepsake please visit:

There is a previous tea towel on display in the Girls and Boys Junior School and the ELC.

Please note: limited quantities available.

Thank you for your continued support!

2017 Tea Towels Designs

Entertainment books are back for their 25th Year!

Entertainment Books are back for their 25th year! To celebrate they are offering a great range of pre-order bonus offers:

Filled with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more. The book is current from purchase until the end of May 2020.

With many new offers and all the old favourites the value of this book is incredible!

Please click here to order your 2019/2020 Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Books can be collected from Main Reception, or instantly purchase and access a digital membership which can then be used on two separate devices.

Please contact Community Relations on 9845 7877 for further information.

All proceeds raised go towards the fundraising for the TPG for 2018.

Tintern Grammar Photo Albums – Protect your School Photos!

Protect your child’s school photos with a stunning Tintern Photo Album. The TPG is offering beautiful quality made customised ‘buckram’ binders for only $72. The albums are Navy, featuring the school crest and name printed in silver on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent sheet inserts.

The albums are great for storing:
– The official school photos
– Certificates
– NAPLAN and ICAS results
– Sports and performer ribbons
– Artwork
– Programs from concerts, sports days and special assemblies
– Photos
– Newsletter clippings
– Your own scrapbook creations (as the pages are 30cm x 30cm standard scrapbook size)

In fact, if you think of it like a filing cabinet of memories, over the years it builds up into quite a treasure! Samples can be viewed in the uniform shop and all orders are now taken at this link through trybooking

Once you have placed your order, please take your confirmation to the Uniform Shop to collect your Album and/or extra pages.


Small Changes, Bright Future

It is with great excitement that we announce our 2019 Annual Appeal campaign will support the School’s move towards self-sustainability.

In the quest for a brighter, cleaner future, Tintern is committed to becoming self-sustainable. So far, we have installed over 100 solar panels and a wind generator as a result of funds from our two recent Fairs.

To help us further enrich our students’ understanding and learning of sustainable practices, we welcome your contribution to this year’s Annual Appeal. Learn more or donate here.

$550 enables the School to purchase one solar panel to expand our existing supply. Learn more in the videos below.


TeamKids Holiday Program – Junior School

School holidays are just around the corner. TeamKids have a wonderful mix of excursions, incursions and in-house days planned that promise to keep the kids engaged and having fun.

To choose the days you’d like to attend, please find a copy of the TeamKids program below. Don’t forget that TeamKids provide industry-leading educator to child ratios of 1:10 (industry standard is 1:15), and all of the TeamKids programs have been fully approved under the National Child Care Subsidy (CCS) too. TeamKids look forward to welcoming you and your children in Winter.

View the TeamKids program.


TeamKids Holiday Program – ELC

School holidays are just around the corner. TeamKids have a wonderful mix of excursions, incursions and in-house days planned that promise to keep the kids engaged and having fun.

To choose the days you’d like to attend, please find a copy of the TeamKids program below. Don’t forget that TeamKids provide industry-leading educator to child ratios of 1:10 (industry standard is 1:15), and all of the TeamKids programs have been fully approved under the National Child Care Subsidy (CCS) too. TeamKids look forward to welcoming you and your children in Winter.

View the TeamKids program.


Proposal to migrate Tintern Family Association Inc to a Company Limited by Guarantee


Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the Association will be held at Tintern Grammar (90 Alexandra Road Ringwood East) on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 2pm in the Southwood Centre.

Special Business

To consider, and if thought fit, pass the following resolution as a special resolution:

Special resolution:

  1. That the Association apply to become registered or incorporated as a prescribed body corporate, specifically a company (in particular, a company limited by guarantee) within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) that is taken to be registered in Victoria, pursuant to the provisions of Part 8 of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic) and Part 5B.1 of the Act.
  2. That the name of the company resulting from the application for registration be ‘Tintern Communities Ltd’.


Under section 5 of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic):

  1.  At least 75% of the votes cast at the meeting must be cast in favour of the above motion to pass it as a special resolution; and  
  2.  At least 21 days’ notice of the meeting and the intention to put the motion to vote at the meeting must have been given to all members of the association.
  3.  A member votes at a meeting if they:
    1. vote in person at the meeting; or
    2. vote via proxy (provided the proxy form is lodged at the office of the Association at least 24 hours before the meeting commences).

Damien Horman


Dated this 14th day of May 2019

Download proxy form


1. What is the current structure of Tintern’s alumni and parent groups?

The parent body of Tintern Grammar’s alumni and parent groups is Tintern Family Association Inc (TFA Inc), an incorporated association. The members of TFA Inc are the individual members of a number of unincorporated Participating Bodies – Tintern Old Girls’ Association (TOGA), Southwood Old Boys’ Association (SOBA) and Tintern Parents Group (TPG). A number of “Friends of” groups also operate as informal committees of TFA Inc.

2. What is the proposed change to Tintern’s alumni and parent groups?

Tintern Grammar proposes to address problems in the current structure by:

  • migrating Tintern Family Association Inc to a company limited by guarantee (to be known as Tintern Communities Ltd);
  • establishing the Participating Bodies and Friends Groups as “Communities” of Tintern Communities Ltd; and
  • adopting a new Constitution for Tintern Communities Ltd that clarifies and simplifies the governance requirements for each Community.

A Constitution for the new company limited by guarantee has been prepared in consultation with the Committee of Tintern Family Association Inc (which includes representatives from all of the Participating Bodies and Friends Groups).

3. When will the proposed change be considered?

The proposed change to the company structure and name will be voted on at a Special General Meeting to be held on Saturday 15th June 2019 at Tintern Grammar – 90 Alexandra Road Ringwood East.

4. Who is entitled to vote on the proposed change?

All members of the Participating Bodies (being Tintern Old Girls’ Association, Southwood Old Boys’ Association and Tintern Parents Group) are entitled to vote on the proposed change.

Please contact your relevant Participating Body if you are unsure about your membership status.

5. What is wrong with the current structure?

The current structure of Tintern’s Participating Bodies and Friends Groups is inefficient, resulting in gratuitous administration and duplicated record keeping. More importantly, it hinders the Participating Bodies from achieving their purpose – facilitating contact and communication between former pupils and promoting the welfare of Tintern Grammar.    

In particular, the current structure has the following deficiencies:

5.1 Exposure of members of the Participating Bodies to legal liability

The Committee and members of the Participating Bodies do not have any legal protection within the current unincorporated association structure. In the event of a legal claim against a Participating Body, the Committee and members of that Participating Body would each be exposed to unlimited personal liability.

5.2 Overregulation

The rules for the Participating Bodies require them to refer to the (superseded) Associations Incorporation Act 1981, the TFA Inc rules and their own rules as well as any regulations made by TFA Inc or its Board. This is unnecessarily complex and onerous.

5.3 Overlapping membership groups

The rules of each group allow a graduating student of Tintern Grammar to become a member of all of TOGA, SOBA, TPG, TGAA and TFA Inc. Although this is unlikely to occur in practice, it reflects lack of clarity about each group’s identity and purpose.

5.4 Duplicated membership registers

Each Participating Body is responsible to maintain its own membership register as well as to assist TFA Inc to maintain its register. This is inefficient and results in duplicated registers as well as difficulty in keeping all documents up to date. In practice, not all of the Participating Bodies have maintained up to date membership registers.

5.5 Oversized governing groups

The Participating Bodies have committees of up to twenty-nine members, which is exceptionally large. As a general rule, an effective governing group has between five and twelve members.

5.6 Inflexible and prescriptive rules

The current rules for each Participating Body are ‘one-size-fits all’ documents that are onerous and cannot be tailored to their particular requirements or size.

5.7 Hindering cooperative social and fundraising efforts

Each of the Participating Bodies has overlapping goals and purposes. The current structure encourages Participating Groups to work in silos, rather than forming cooperative partnerships to achieve their shared goals.

5.8 Regulatory and legislative change

The current rules of TFA Inc and the Participating Bodies were made over a decade ago and do not allow for the introduction of new legislation (the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012) or a new regulator for charities (the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)).

6. Why is TFA Inc migrating to a company limited by guarantee?

TFA Inc is an incorporated association regulated by the ACNC, Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. A company limited by guarantee is an alternative structure for a not-for-profit organisation that is regulated principally by the ACNC and Corporations Act 2001.

Migration to a company limited by guarantee offers benefits including simpler reporting and reduced regulation, principally because the company limited by guarantee structure is better integrated with the ACNC.

7. Why Is Tintern Grammar proposing this change now?

The current structure over Tintern Grammar’s alumni and parent groups developed in a piecemeal fashion over an extended period of time.

Not only has Tintern Grammar changed over the past two decades, significant changes have occurred in the regulatory environment of not-for-profits, including: new fundraising legislation; a new framework for associations (the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012); and a new regulator for charities (the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission). Society’s expectations regarding the standard of good governance in not-for-profits have also increased.

In light of these changes, the current structure is no longer fit for purpose. A new structure is required that reduces the risk for committee members and is clear, modern, sustainable and compliant with current laws and regulations.

8. What will the new structure look like?

The key features of the new structure are as follows:

8.1 Communities for alumni (Tintern Old Girls, Southwood Old Boys and Tintern Grammar), Tintern Parents and Interest Groups (Friends of Music, Friends of Equestrian and Friends of Young Farmers);

8.2 Equal status for Interest Groups and alumni and parents groups;

8.3 Flexible and simple Terms of Reference to assist with the operation of each Community, establishing a Committee to assist in the direction of the Community and the fulfilment of its purpose;

8.4 Provision for each Community to determine how funds that it raises will be used (provided this is consistent with the purpose for which the funds are raised);

8.5 A single central register of Community members that can be updated by the Committee of each Community;

8.6 A Board of Directors for the company limited by guarantee comprising a representative from each Community together with the Principal and two directors of Tintern Grammar.

8.7 TOGA will remain the trustee of The Nancy Lancaster Bequest and will continue to administer those funds.

9. How can I get more information about the proposal?

Please contact Damien Horman, Business Manager Tintern Grammar – businessmanager@tintern.vic.edu.au.


Year 6 Girls’ Fly into Canberra

This term the Year 6 girls flew into Canberra buzzing with excitement and prepared for a jam-packed schedule. The girls learnt all about the history of Australian democracy in the Old Parliament House where they sat in the old House of Representatives and visited the Electoral Commission where they participated in a mock vote; particularly momentous as we recently had our own Federal Election. They also visited the Royal Australian Mint, Reconciliation Place, Parliament House where they passed the bill that all households must build a water tank on their residence for a sustainable future. The girls soaked in the vista on the rooftop of Parliament House, appreciated their self-made lunch (and the views) at the top of Mount Ainsley, respectfully placed a poppy at the Australian War Memorial with Mrs Prandolini, learnt all about how Canberra came to be our National Capital at the Exhibition Centre and had a guided tour of the embassies and high commissions. Can you guess which country’s embassy was quite considerably the biggest?

Well-deserved downtime was also enjoyed by the girls in their cosy accommodation with picturesque views of Greenhills by participating in a small walk to a campsite to then toast damper and colossal marshmallows; a very entertaining camp story was shared before stargazing and practicing mindfulness in nature.

The girls represented the school extremely well and had fantastic, enriching and authentic learning experiences. Friendships were strengthened and there is no doubt this was a camp to remember.

It is also important to acknowledge that the Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributes funding for each student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs.


Millie Harvey – Pony Club in Nanjing

Millie Harvey our Year 6 student along with four other riders from around Australia were selected to represent Australia on a trip to Pony Club China in Nanjing. Pony Club is relatively new to China and they are taking every opportunity to learn about good horsemanship, sportsmanship and riding from Pony Club in Australia. The selection of riders was based firstly on their citizenship in pony club, then their riding ability and suitability to take the spirit of pony club as an International Youth Organisation to China. The team has ridden every day for 11 days, finishing with riding displays and competition over the weekend. Along with riding, and teaching riders and instructors about Pony Club, the team has been immersed in Chinese culture including dumpling making!

Millie has found it very interesting that the pony club and ponies are based on the floors above a shopping centre. To leave the building, the ponies are travelled in the shopping centre lift. It has been a trip of a lifetime for Millie and she is incredibly grateful to have been selected.


Prep-Year 2 Letterland Dress-up & Activity Day

Letterland Dress-up and Activity Day for our Prep-Year 2 boys and girls proved to be a huge success. The children all (thank you parents!) arrived dressed magnificently as either something beginning with r for Preps or something relating to er, ir, ur for Years 1 and 2. A morning of fun activities ensued, using Red Robot and the Er, Ur, Ir brothers as the foundation of our activities. Balancing and climbing robots (a STEM activity) were created in the Library, some extraordinary robots were designed and drawn as part of the Roll a Robot game in the IJDay space and the Jumping Castles in Colebrook Hall saw many Letterland characters jumping higher, wider, faster or slower than ever before! Well done to the many families who ensured their child had a healthier lunch during our shared eating time. It was great to see many of our children taking the opportunity to engage with a variety of peers, with some old friendships renewed and some new ones created.

by Mary Whitcher, Year 2 Girls’ Classroom Teacher and Prep-Year 2 Cluster Coordinator Junior Schools


GROICK’s Holiday

While most of us were enjoying a relaxing long weekend at home, our Junior School mascot GROICK was lucky enough to be on a holiday! He visited Perth, Brisbane and even Japan, and spent time with the crew of his Qantas flights. He was very thankful to Tintern parent and Qantas First Officer Mark Di Felice for assisting him on his holiday.


Boys’ Junior School Art

The Year 6 boys created amazing papier mâché African Tribal Masks. They were used to frighten off evil spirits – they certainly made their masks look scary!

The Year 5 boys created these beautiful works of art. The vase was cut from scratch paper and carefully patterned, the branch was made using a paint-blowing technique and the blossom was painted with cotton buds! 

The Preps have been learning how to weave paper and made these colourful Elmers. They then drew a jungle scene and stuck their elephants on. Such clever boys!

by Maria Lumsden, Visual Arts Educator Boys’ Junior School


Boys’ Middle School News

As the colder weather starts to take over Melbourne, Term 2 is drawing to an end. It’s always been an actioned packed term at school and this year has been no exception. The end of the semester brings with it the end of a number of semester-based subjects for our boys, and hence an increase in assessments and assignments, which can provide some boys with a challenge. In our most recent Boys’ Middle School assembly, we discussed two key messages in line with the increase in workload: GRIT and Empathy.

GRIT – this was referenced in a way of helping the boys to recognise that effort, passion, persistence, etc. are all incredibly important attributes to have and therefore to develop early. A quote I used to highlight the point was one from Aristotle many years ago who said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not an act, but a habit”. Building good habits now is so important for helping in their journey towards success for them – however that looks. This is a key message we drive with our boys when it comes to school work, to sport, to music, to leadership, to everything they do.

Empathy – As part of our Resilience Project I spoke to all the boys about Empathy and we discussed the importance of developing an ability to understand how other people are feeling and how our actions can impact others. Boys, through no fault of their own, tend to find the development of empathy challenging and it is our role as parents, teachers, role models, etc. to educate them about understanding other people and their thoughts and feelings, and being aware of the impact they can have on others. This message is such an important one for children of today with the issues around social media, mental health, etc.

Please ask them about these two items and their thoughts on what it means. Begin some discussion with them about how these attributes have been effective for you, or for people you know or work with.

On Friday 31 May our Year 7s were part of the first-ever Year 7GEM Day – Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. The day was focussed on The Resilience Project and had our boys (and girls) involved in a number of activities focussed on gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. It also involved our Year 9 leaders who combined with the Girls’ Middle School leaders to plan and run their own resilience sessions with the Year 7s. It was a great day for our Year 7s and well organised by the two Year Level Coordinators and our Year 9 leaders.

Our Year 9 students (boys and girls) are currently working on their performance for House Showdown which is to be held on Tuesday 18 June at 7pm in the CM Wood Centre. This is a fantastic way to challenge our boys and girls to work together, to be pushed out of their comfort zone and to produce an outcome that is both effective, but also fun. As part of the House Showdown we are fundraising for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and will be having a raffle on the night of the performance. For this we are asking our Year 9 boys and girls to bring items that can be added to hampers to be the raffle prizes. For Year 9 families needing to still book their seats, please follow this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BCYJI

On Monday 17 June we are fortunate to have Walter Mikac, father of Alannah and Madeline, and founder of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation talking to our secondary school students about his life and the terrible events of Port Arthur many years ago. It will no doubt be a very moving experience for all of our students.

Our Year 8 boys are building up to their Year 8 Billy Cart Day which is happening in the last week of this term and will have our boys working in teams to plan, construct and race their billy carts around a specifically designed track at school. It’s a fantastic day with prizes for race winners, team costumes, cart design and decoration, plus lots more. It helps them to develop teamwork and engineering skills, as well as having lots of fun on the day. I’m looking forward to seeing who takes out the Southwood Cup in 2019!

House Football is continuing with the last few rounds taking place in the coming weeks. It’s been a fantastic tournament involving many of our Year 7s to 9s and has helped to maintain a great House rivalry among the boys.

At all Middle School Boys’ assemblies, we have one, or more, of our boys play a musical piece. The most recent performance was by one of our Year 7 boys, Hovan Truong on his violin. You can watch Hovan’s fantastic performance below.


Middle School Horizon Activities

Year 9 Academic Challenge Day

The students who participated in the Year 9 Academic Challenge Day, came away buzzing having really enjoyed the experience. This event is significant in that, in addition to the academic rigor, students work in teams where most of the members are from other schools. In addition, students also have the opportunity to participate in ‘Off the Cuff’ public speaking, where they are given no time to prepare a 60 second talk on a topic given to them, which they present ‘off the cuff’ in front of all those attending – a different type of challenge altogether.

This year, I am delighted that some of our students were in the team who won the English, engineering and mathematics disciplines, and one team came 3rd overall. Congratulations to all those who attended and participated so well in their teams.

Da Vinci Decathlon

The da Vinci Decathlon is an event held every year for students who would benefit from a day of academic challenge. It is designed to stimulate the minds of school students, by presenting each school team with events in ten different disciplines, including engineering, mathematics, code-breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge.

Tintern Grammar entered one team in each of the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 events in May 2019. The students worked in their teams to be creative, take risks, solve stimulating problems, design and plan constructions, collaborate together and generally use their collective intellect for the day. Apart from being immersed in a vibrant learning environment for the day, we have several achievements to be proud of, including our Year 7 team coming 3rd in the mathematics challenge and 1st in general knowledge, with an overall place of 4th out of 25 teams. Additionally, our Year 8 students come 2nd in the science challenge. The intention of the day is to provide students with rigorous learning experiences, and this aim is always achieved. Congratulations to all those involved.


IB Music Recital 2019 – Wednesday 19 June, 7.30pm

Join us for a wonderful evening of music from our talented IB students.

This concert brings to the stage a delectably eclectic range of musical offerings, from musical solos and ensemble performances by our talented IB Music students to renditions of works from their composition folios. This event provides a most fitting conclusion to a wonderful semester of musical offerings from our talented music students at Tintern Grammar.


Green Team Report

It has been a busy first semester for the Tintern Grammar Green Team. Our main objective this term has been to finalise our ideas for a compost bin system and to work on correct waste disposal at school functions. The Green Team is very proud to announce that all areas of the school now have compost bins!

The composts bins (recycled paint buckets generously donated by Year 8 student Natasha Gillam’s father) are stationed around the campus and have been painted by Green Team members. We would really appreciate it if all students, staff and visitors could make an effort to use these bins to make sure that Tintern does not unnecessarily contribute to landfill. Another achievement this term has been the removal of plastic spoons, plates and containers from staff morning teas. Both of these changes have come from the persistent campaigning and commitment of Green Team members led by our hard-working captains, Erin and Julia.

As part of the Green Team’s overall goal to reduce the impact our school community has on the environment, we have had members present at several recent school functions and promote correct waste disposal to limit the amount of rubbish we are sending into landfill. As part of our waste management program, we organised clearly signposted composts bins, soft plastic/comingle recycling and landfill bins for both the Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday 10 May and the Friends of Music Jazz Night on Saturday 18 May.

The Mothers’ Day Breakfast is the largest school function of the year with over 400 guests and students and the Jazz Night is another large event with 250 people in attendance this year. Volunteer helpers from Year 8, 9 & 11 assisted with sorting and washing plastic containers so they could be repurposed, as well as making sure that waste was going into the correct bins. At the end of Jazz Night, the Green Team members conducted a waste audit with the following results:

  • 1 large wheelie bin of comingle recycles
  • 2 medium size shopping bags of soft plastics (recyclable)
  • 2 buckets of compost

After this year’s Jazz Night, there were only 2 small garbage bags destined for landfill, whereas in previous years there have been 3 medium wheelie bins of rubbish. This felt like a real achievement for the Green Team as it demonstrated the difference we can make as a group when we address the environmental issues that are present in our school community. Following these successes, Green Team members will be helping out at the Year 9 House Showdown and the Junior School Cabaret in the last week of term.

The next project on our agenda is the trial of a new ‘bin station’ system, whereby the bins in individual classrooms will be removed and replaced by a 5 bin system in central locations. These 5 bins will cater for compost, paper, soft plastics, landfill and mixed recyclables. The Green Team Captains met with the Middle School Girls’ Form Captains to discuss this proposal and made an action plan for implementing the system in the Middle Schools at the beginning of next term. The aim of this system is to encourage students to think about disposing their waste in a more sustainable way.

Hopefully, you have all seen the Annual Appeal video which was released last week to the school community. The focus of this year’s appeal is to raise funds for sustainable projects around the school, in particular, the solar panels and battery storage system in the Science Wing. Nine members of the Green Team from Years 5, 8 and 12 were chosen to voice their opinions about sustainability in this video and they were thrilled to spend an afternoon sharing their ideas and showcasing the new compost system. Below are a few behind the scenes photos from the filming and one of the appeal videos.

Overall, we are really happy and proud of what we have achieved this semester. Working together for a common cause has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience for all of us and seeing our plans come into action and begin to affect positive change in the school community has been absolutely incredible. The Green Team has no plans of slowing down next term and we are excited to see more of our ideas become reality. We will continue to have regular articles in Aspectus to update the school community on the projects we are undertaking and, if you’d like to hear a bit more about what we’re up to, feel free to follow our Instagram page: @_the.greenteam

We wish everyone a happy and restful holiday!

The Green Team 🙂

by Hannah Taylor, Year 11


Year 7s English Excursion in CBD

On the 23rd of May, the Year 7 boys went to the city for an excursion. The purpose of the excursion was to visit the locations mentioned in our English novel, Runner. The book was set in 1917, in Richmond. We visited the historic locations and sites where buildings formerly stood.

We left school shortly after roll call, and arrived on the bus at 9:30. We met our tour guides, Meyer and Katie. We had our morning tea and then split up into two groups. Our tour began at Parliament House, where Charlie Feehan ran past in the book. My class, 7E, was led by Meyer around the city. Before we began, he handed us slips of paper with profiles of historical people mentioned in Runner.

Our first stop was the Princess Theatre, where gang leader Squizzy Taylor, or Joseph Theodore Leslie Taylor, took each of his three wives (at separate times) to see a performance. The students whose slip of paper was relevant to the location and characters read out their character descriptions.

We walked down an alley into Chinatown, and stopped in a small street called Amphlett Lane. Meyer talked us through what happened in the back streets of the Richmond underworld, and students read out their descriptions. The alley was now a bin collection area, with bins lining the sides of the road.

We went down another lane called Liverpool Alley. We were told about the lives of people living in that era and the hardships they faced. We looked around at old buildings that were amazingly still standing after over a hundred years.

Meyer then led us out onto the bustling Bourke Street, where people were rushing from place to place, going to work. We set off down the street, finally stopping at 200 Bourke Street, now an Asian shopping mall. Our group took the escalator to an area where Meyer told us about Squizzy’s hideout.

We walked to a hospital where Squizzy went to, then walked through into the QV building for a short break. We exited into Chinatown, where Meyer displayed police equipment that was used in the time of the novel. Then he showed us how to play two-up. We went to a food court to buy our lunch and then went back to Tintern.

Overall, we had a great day learning more about the life and times of Squizzy Taylor in Melbourne in the 1920s.

by Jayden Lee, Year 7


2019 Visual Art & Design Staff Exhibition

Our talented Visual Arts and Design staff are displaying their works in the corridor next to the art office until Friday 21 June. Everyone is welcome to visit the exhibition, Monday to Friday, 8am – 4.30pm.


School Policies

As part of our ongoing review of policies, please find the following updated policy in the Parent Services section of the MyTintern Portal.

Behaviour Management policy


Witnesses sought

We are hoping to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a small collision that took place in the School’s bus bay car park (Gate 1, Loma St entrance) at approximately 3:40pm on Monday 23 July 2018.

The collision was between a black Volkswagen and a white Holden. If you were a witness and have any recollection of this, could you please contact the Principal’s Office directly on principal@tintern.vic.edu.au


2019 Community Events

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Saturday 15 June,

Tintern Grammar and offsite

 Various year groups and past staff

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Wednesday 19 June,

CM Wood

Senior students


Friday 23 August,


Year group 2014


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Friday 6 September,

Tintern Farm

School community


Friday 13 September,


Year group 2018


Saturday 19 October,

Tintern Grammar and offsite

Year group 2004


Friday 25 October,

Various sites

School community


Thursday 7 November,


School community


Friday 15 November,

Tintern Grammar

Various year groups


Thursday 28 November,

Tintern Grammar

School community